Ravyn Lenae staying up and active. Making some noise around Chicago with her most recent release. Sticky follows her music video release of Unknown, apart of the much bigger project Midnight Moonlight released in spring. Ravyn’s flow tends to stick to you like an contagious melody. You can bump her LP and it will still sound as fresh as its first release. Doing it again, turning another beat into a timeless piece.
Kweku Collins comes out of Evanston, Il with much respect and rep. Having worked artists like Jamila Woods, Sylvie Grace, OddCouple, Taylor Bennett, Stefan Ponce, Julian Bell and more; if you have not heard of him you are not paying attention! Following his Grey LP release in spring Kweku takes off on a tour round the states gathering his following. From New York, Texas. Philly and New Orlean Kweku spreads his name and music far and wide, as far as the UK even.
Chicago gets the best of the tour as he repeatedly brings it back home as Red Bull Honors him as well as Dr. Marten, theMID and the Chop Shop. As that slowed down Kweku gets back to makin new music decides on a new release is due. Bringing FemDot in onto a beat the two go back to back with some reflective words.
Long hours working on beats and instrument samples you can easily conclude a producer spends most of his time alone in a room with sounds bouncing around their minds. But where most people suffer Harmonic Sapien thrives; in fact the greatest minds have been shaped in solitude. Shaping not just his mind but the music, a sound bender. Note exactly Anti Social, just driven. Joining a growing number of experimental producers in Chicago, like Monte Booker, Knox Fortune, OddCouple and Glassic that let their music speak rather than the MC, though not dismissing the importance and necessity between the two
Anti Social EP is a short one but it is packed with wavy instrumental rhythm leaving you dreaming. You can hear some old school influence to provide an authentic and raw sound. Slightly varying from his Natural State LP containing more contemporary sounds and bass and some artist collaborations. Moving into 2018 the Sapien is already planning out his projects; A new album in the works, few EP and Harmonic Fest to follow so keep your ears peeled.
From Chicago arises the NDPNDNT. The man is gearing up for his next big move. Releasing a new track coming out of an upcoming project, Rock With You stands on the front line preparing you for the forthcoming Voiceless LP. NDPNDNT already has one Grind Harder LP in his pocket, expect the Voiceless LP to make more noise!
MFnMelo makin his rounds on the stages following a big release early Oct. Melodramatics makes its way around Chicago as he celebrates his brother John Walt with fellow Pivot Gang members. From start to finish the album is bonafide, you will be bobbin your head before you know. You can even see the vibes with Watcha Feel music video. With the help of Pivots Saba, DaeDae, Squeak and of course the aforementioned DinnerWithJohn – Phoelix, Corey Grindberg and others, an epic LP forged by ambitious minds manifested. Moving foward you will be craving more MuhFuckin music.
Rhymster carries out another single for your ears, produced by himself and Frekwenzy. Don’t follows his Dum Drunk music video release with Metropolis Blac and collaboration single Obsession with Sami Ciroc & Safi G. Rhymster also returns working together with Radcliff and Mike Booth as Triangle Offense releasing a track for an Ever Evolved soundcloud release. Adding photoshoots for brands like Millionaire Clothing and Live Well, headlining SubT within the last month and countless Radio show invites and cyphers, whatever you think he has not done he already did it!
If you’re looking for straight underground hip hop sound you got in in Moe Cyrus. A no apologies kind of rapper who uses his vast vocabulary to paint a picture with the darker corners of the mind. With EP and compilation out on Bandcamp Moe is read to let go of another project. IceBurg EP coming out Dec. 17 on his Birthday preceded by its first and second single releases No Fat Chicks and Integrity. The two varying in style and grace set the atmosphere for Iceburg,
In the middle of winter Rich Jones is ending the year hot with an EP release. He has been working hard making himself known in Chicago throughout the whole year in fact. Recently making the cover of Chicago Reader for his halloween release Mothman; He also hit other publications like WGN Radio and Fox32, putting himself out there. Doggone Music Arts Festival and North Coast Music Festival in Chicago got to see Rich Jones grace the stage too as he regulars Tonic Room on the side. For his EP release however Rich Jones chose Empty Bottle wisely for his Light Work showcase.
Packing the room out Jones controlled the crowd and the vibe with different artists performances and new music. Bringing to the stage ShowYouSuck to perform Dean Ween which is confirmed to be heard by the man himself. Mykele Deville hopes on the mic too as the crowd chants their collab summer hit No Clue. Vapor Eyes comfortable guides the show behind the turntables taking a major hand in the production of the EP. Rich Jones glided through the year like it really was light work cannot wait to see what he got next for Chicago.
Been a little over a year since OddCouple, Zach Henderson released his Liberation, To celebrate he curated a show in honor of the project filled with some of Chicago’s best creatives. Henderson has been enjoying a run of shows following the release from Summerfest 4cast to theMID AuxChord DJ‘s to p4k afters and Northerly Island. Back with more shows following the anniversary in Chicago and LA we can catch him in January in the City, enjoying that liberated life.
See The Sun sheds light on your playlist with some smooth quality instrumental and most recently Feels Like takes over with Jack Red flowin over the beat. A little different direction from the Sun as Henderson switches up styles naturally. Henderson also released a mix of songs after Goonin around on soundcloud that he calls IL!ke2dnc, because he likes to dance. Hopefully all this activity follows up more dope music cause that it Feels Like!
Marko Stat$ is quickly making moves after the release of his LP BEE-4 I Fly Away. He has Been moving around the city hitting random venues supporting random charities and making history as he performs. From performing a show donating money to St Marys Convent School in Nigeria to hitting Notre Dame to be the first rap artist to perform in a certain building and hitting his first cypher amongst local artists with Pink Room. Stat$ is making sure his year is going out strong.
From all this a music video dawned for the track Power from the aforementioned LP. Already having a hand full of music videos up his sleeve with a freestyle, Jubilation, Nobody and others you can see him getting used to this Power hanging around all over the city, Varisse getting all the quality shots. Cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for this artist still blooming.